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Arma Christi

or Instruments of the Passion

In this example the Arma Christi appear carved on a stone atrium cross.  This context, very common in 16th Century Mexican churches, appears to be a New World innovation.  While images of the Instruments of the Passion are very common in European churches, they are not carved on the cross.  Instruments from top left: the sword, the nails, the crown of thorns, the 30 coins, the rooster, the column, and the chalice.  

Instruments of the Passion in a Mural

Arma Christi
or Instruments of the Passion